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RSMS skill policy aligns with ANZSCO requirements

Written By Lauren Mennie
Wed, Mar 18, 2015
Lauren Mennie

Since 15 May 2013 DIBP has had a policy that an applicant with a Certificate IV can only count that if the Certificate IV had two years work experience embedded, or if the person has two years post qualification experience.

ANZSCO is primarily a statistical classification designed to aggregate and organise data collected about jobs or individuals.

Generally, for skill level 3 occupations ANZSCO states as the indicative skill level: “AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV”.

The DIBP has recently amended their RSMS visa policy by removing the mandatory two-year work requirement. Qualification is now based on requirements determined by specific ANZSCO categories. The applicant is required to demonstrate that they have the qualifications listed in ANZSCO as being necessary to perform the tasks of the occupation.

Consequently, if international VET sector graduates hold the minimum Cert IV qualification they no longer require two-years full time work experience to apply for a RSMS visa.

The amended policy now reads:

AQF Certificate III, IV and Diploma qualifications

If the applicant relies on an Australian qualification, that qualification must be as specified within the ANZSCO framework for that occupation. For example, if the nominated position were that of a cook (ANZSCO 351411), the applicant must:

• hold a relevant AQF Certificate IV OR • hold a relevant AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on the job training OR • have at least 3 years of relevant experience.

If the Certificate III was obtained without the formal on-the-job training component, to satisfy the skill requirement the applicant must have at least 2 years post-qualification experience, obtained on a full time basis or its part-time equivalent.

The 2 years of post-qualification experience is taken to be equal to the on-the-job training component. This is to ensure that the qualification is relevant to the tasks of the occupation and that the applicant indeed has the practical skills required to perform the task of the occupation.

Under ANZSCO, there is no requirement of 2 years of on-the-job training for Certificate IV qualifications.

The particular circumstances of each application will be assessed and finally determined on a case-by-case basis, please contact TSS Immigration, should you require more information or to check your eligibility for an Australian visa.

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